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A lifetime of leadership in genetics and eye research recognised

Professor Paul Baird

Professor Paul Baird

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) congratulates molecular geneticist, Paul Baird, who was promoted to Professor by the University of Melbourne.

Professor Baird is Principal Investigator, Ocular Genetics at CERA. Professor Baird’s research is focused on the identification of genes responsible for several major eye diseases including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), myopia (short-sightedness) and keratoconus.

Professor Baird’s work is vital in understanding how genes cause eye disease and assessing the impact that environmental factors have on this process.

His key achievements include the identification of several genes responsible for myopia and AMD which have played an essential role in investigations into early diagnosis, treatment, and understanding how these genes lead to eye disease. He leads several national and international groups researching AMD and myopia using cutting edge laboratory and analysis tools.

“The appointment is the fruition of many years of hard work and success,” Professor Baird said.

“It’s an honour to be appointed to the highest level at the top ranked University in Australia. I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to achieve during my 15 years working at the University of Melbourne and CERA.

“The highlight of the journey so far has been the opportunity to collaborate with dedicated researchers and up-and-coming students who I hope will use my research to improve the lives of people with eye disease”.

Professor Baird is an editorial board member of eight journals, and has been the Postgraduate Academic Coordinator at CERA since 2011. In that time, Professor Baird has overseen the progress of over 30 PhD students, playing a vital in the training of the next generation of researchers and clinicians.

Frequently, Professor Baird is invited to chair and present at international forums on eye disease and was recognised by the Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India with a Golden Eye International award in 2010. Professor Baird’s work has also been acknowledged by the Australian Academy of Science with an Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellowship.

For more information on Ocular Genetics click here.